NASCAR Cup Series Heads South To Atlanta, Georgia
The NASCAR Cup Series heads South, to Atlanta, Georgia, for Sunday’s 2022 Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500, where the drivers test the brand-new Atlanta Motor Speedway.
We will see a configuration with higher bankings and new pavement, turning the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 into a race every driver who likes to race on Superspeedways will enjoy.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and NASCAR odds for Ryan Blaney vs Ross Chastin. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Track That Resembles Superspeedway
The Atlanta Motor Speedway went through quite a significant reconfiguration ahead of this season, which is an important thing to know for anyone who wants to bet now on this race. The most significant changes include increased banking, new pavement, and a wider track, which should significantly impact how this race will play out.
If we go into more details, the transition apron will now sit at 18° (formerly 4°), while the new banking is now up to 28° (from 24°). The track is now wider in frontstretch and narrowed in the backstretch, going from 55’ to 61’6’’ and from 55’ to 42’ respectively. Meanwhile, the turns are now at 40’ (from 55’).
So what does that mean? Besides the increased security (with a new barrier and reinforced catch fence), the wider frontstretch and narrowed backstretch could possibly open up some exciting finishes at the end of stages and at the end of the race. Most importantly, the changes turned the Atlanta Motor Speedway into a very similar track to a Superspeedway.
The online sports betting sites have already taken notice of that, as evident by the Nascar odds for this weekend– which are set as if this was a Superspeedway track. And even though it technically isn’t a Super, we have to treat it as such when making our betting picks.
Watch Out for Ryan Blaney
Due to the changed layout of the track, we can throw all previous data we have on Atlanta Motor Speedway out of the window, and we shouldn’t put too much weight on the driver’s past success here. And yet, the 2021 winner, Ryan Blaney, is the favorite to do it again.
There are good reasons why Blaney is the opening line favorite to win Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500.
This past weekend, Blaney performed exceptionally well. He led 143 (of 312) laps at Phoenix and had chances to win the race. He ended up in fourth, which was somewhat disappointing, but still an excellent result, given his pit crew’s less-than-convincing performance.
Moreover, he placed fourth at Daytona earlier this season, which should be a solid form guide to how he’ll do this weekend, considering the new Atlanta track is very similar to Daytona, as well as Talladega.
Don’t Sleep On Ross Chastain
We’re four races into the 2022 NASCAR season, and it seems like Ross Chastain has yet to get the recognition he deserves. He opened as a +2400 underdog to win the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500, which could seem fair, but he is definitely better than that.
Admittedly, he has yet to win a race this season, and you could quickly point out that he has a DNF from Daytona and a 29th-place finish from the Auto Club Speedway.
However, Chastain has since locked in a third-place finish at Pennzoil 400 and is fresh off a runner-up finish in Phoenix.
“I drove way deeper than I meant to … and almost had him [Chase Briscoe] clear,” said Chastain after the Ruoff Mortgage race.
“It was just chattering all four tires. I ran him all the way to the wall on the exit of (Turn) 2. Besides wrecking both of us, I couldn’t have done any more. That was kind of the defining point of winning the race for us.”
It’s also worth noting that his finish at Daytona doesn’t paint the complete picture. Chastain acquired a point in Stage 1 and had the third-fastest car on the day. So it’s fair to say that he would have locked in at least a top-10 had Chastain not been taken out by Brad Keselowski.
Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 Race Information
- Race: Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia
- Day/Time: Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NBCSports.com
Favorites to win the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 Betting Lines
|Martin Truex Jr||+1400|
Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 Prediction
There NASCAR Cup Series are many great drivers to watch for this race, but there are only two we’re interested in. Blaney has shown enough this season for us to feel confident he should be in the mix to win the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500, and while we won’t become wealthy by betting on him, the betting odds offered on him are more than fair.
Blaney has been having an exceptional start to the season and could have easily already had a win under his belt. His performance figures are great, and if he can keep driving this way, it’s only a matter of time before he claims his first checkered flag of 2022.
Likewise, Chastain has been driving great across the last two races and had his chances to lock in a W. That was perhaps the most noticeable last weekend when he finished behind Briscoe. Still, we’re mostly interested in his performance at Daytona, where Chastain performed much better than what his placement would suggest.